Friday, December 15, 2017

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Hope you enjoyed the two days of spring - like weather but don't put away your coats, hats, gloves and boots. Tuesday and Wednesday are back to normal with maybe some rain or snow. Wrong again - Wednesday was breezy and mild - thank you, Mother Nature.

Monday a couple of tougher robins scoped out Alvo - by Wednesday, the rest of the family showed up. Maybe we'll have Spring someday.

 

 

Bad News

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Hey folks, it's still very, very dry - put your butts out inside the car, not out the window. If you start a fire and it gets away, you are liable for any damage it causes to others and you may be billed for suppression costs.

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  - from the Lincoln Journal Star

This is why no burn permits will be issued by Chief Koutecky until there is at least an inch of rain in the area. If you absolutely have to burn, contact Chief Koutecky for a crew and tanker to stand by during the burn - Alvo's grass truck is in the shop, waiting for authorization from the Eagle - Alvo Fire Board to start repairs.

Eagle Fire Department responded to the Palmyra fires (yes there were two - one after the other). It took 19 departments to control the Branched Oak fire. One firefighter was transported for smoke inhalation injury. At least two trucks suffered mechanical failure.

Alvo Fire Department responded to the Ashland fire. Now what that meant was that had there been a fire in the Eagle-Alvo area, response would have had to come from Weeping Water or Avoca as Greenwood, Murdock, Elmwood and Southeast Rural were aiding Ashland along withYutan.

 

Good News

Some advantages of living in Alvo

Nebraska Tourism Top 10 Attractions and Events in Nebraska

Six of these attractions are less than an hour's drive from Alvo!

The Henry Doorly Zoo (#1), the College World Series (#2) and the Old Market (#3) are in Omaha. Memorial Stadium (#4) and the State Capitol (#9) are in Lincoln, and the closest is the Strategic Air and Space Museum (#7) is just off the 426 exit of I-80 next to Mahoney State Park, 13 miles away and and 16 minutes from 135 Main Street here in Alvo according to GoogleMaps.

The other four attractions are all courtesy of Mother Nature. The Sandhills (#5) start north and west of Grand Island  Sunrise 4

 Scotts Bluff National Monument (#6) is on the way to Wyoming  ScottsBluff2

the Sandhill Crane migration (#8) can be seen in the Grand Island area, not far off I-80;

Link to Sandhill Crane Images

Courtesy NebraskaFlyway.com

and Chimney Rock (#10) is on the other end of the state.  DSC 0146

 

Finally - 12 hours of daylight on St. Patrick's Day!!

 

Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Spring
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 7:44:00 AM 7:28:00 PM 11:44:00 9
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 7:42:00 AM 7:29:00 PM 11:47:00 8
Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:40:00 AM 7:30:00 PM 11:50:00 7
Friday, March 14, 2014 7:39:00 AM 7:31:00 PM 11:52:00 6
Saturday, March 15, 2014 7:37:00 AM 7:32:00 PM 11:55:00 5
Sunday, March 16, 2014 7:35:00 AM 7:33:00 PM 11:58:00 4
Monday, March 17, 2014 7:34:00 AM 7:34:00 PM 12:00:00 3

March 15th - the Ides of March

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If you're a Roman Emperor named Julius, "Beware the ides of Morch!". Ides is the Roman word for fifteenth as in the 'fifteenth of March' - which unless your name was Julius or Jules as he was known on the street. For him it was a "Heads up dude, yon Cassius doth hast a lean and humgry look He gonna shank youse."

 

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Link to Irish Recipes

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Link to History St. Patrick's Day Web Site

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News News - neither good or bad.

Village Items for Sale via Sealed Bid

The following items are surplus to the Village needs and are offered on an as is where is basis for sale by sealed bid. Bids must be received by March 31st and will be opened and reviewed at the April 2nd, 2014 Board Meeting. Mail bids to 135 Main Street, Alvo, NE 68304 or bring them to the Village Office at 135 Main Street on Saturdays between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. The Village Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Payment will be accepted by personal check and items will be released when your check clears.

John Deere Riding Mower

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John Deere L110 Automatic 42 inch riding mower with 576.4 hours of use. May be inspected at the Alvo Fire & Rescue Station - Call Dave at 402-781-2710 or Ryan at 402-490-3246 or Rick at 402-326-1714.

Echo Weed Trimmer

Details as soon as available.

 Meetings this week

Alvo Rescue Squad - Wednesday, 12 March, 1900 at the Fire and Rescue Station.

Training

1.New Omaha pediatric transport protocol

2. Pediatric Burn Treatment

 

Have Mower - Will Mow?

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The Village Board will accept proposals for mowing village property as follows: Fire and Rescue Station grounds, Alvo Park, well and water tower grounds - and once the grass grows, the village lot at 215 Main Street (where the old fire barn stood). Successful applicants will provide liability insurance, mow a maximum of once per week, not let grass exceed 6 inches in height, trim around fences and structures and not blow grass clippings against buildings and structures and a flat monthly rate. Please return proposals to the Village Clerk by March 31st.

 

 

"Get this in mind early: We never grow up." - Richard Bach

 

 

Community Survey - Have you completed yours yet???

 

This is required by state and federal government to be eligible for grant assistance for community projects - street improvements, upgrading water and sewer systems, development and home improvement. So - when a volunteer brings you the form, please complete it fully and honestly, seal it in the envelope and return it to the volunteer. All the returned surveys are processed by the Southeast Nebraska Development District. NO BOARD OR PLANNING COMMISSION MEMBERS WILL SEE THE COMPLETED FORMS. SENDD staff will evaluate the responses and issue a summary report of what YOU the citizens of Alvo think is most important to community improvement.

 

Final survey form - This was started in 2013.

 

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Thank you for completing the survey.

 

 

"The largest party is America, by the way, is neither the Democrats nor the Republicans. It’s the party of non-voters." - Robert Reich

 

 

 

 

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